Challenging the Accuracy of Fuel Efficiency Tests
With the exception of many Carrera owners who treat the roads of central London like Silverstone, most sensible motorists rarely see their car's fuel consumption reach window-sticker perfection.
Yet driving style is not the only reason why real-world fuel efficiency falls short – it's what motoring engineers put in and what laboratory tests leave out that's the problem.
"The urban environment in 2006, whether in London or Paris, is significantly different now than it was 25 years ago," says Julien Bryan of Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedford, which performs emission and fuel testing on more than 900 cars each year. "That's not what gets measured by the Government."
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